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No, we are not starting a dairy, but my friend Max Benedikt of Benedikt Dairy, just got his Grade A certificate and has now offered to add a milk CSA drop off point here at our farm! The great thing about Benedikt Dairy”s milk, is that it is raw, certified organic and produced from 100% grass-fed Jersey cows. To find out more information about how to sign up for a milk share, contact Max or Melissa.

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I have just ordered a batch of layer chicks to brood over the winter. Once again, I have ordered extra, and I am offering the extras for sale as certified Organic, ready-to-lay pullets for May pick-up. I am trying a new breed this year: the Red Sex Link (a very productive, brown-egg laying breed). The price will be $18 each, and you can reserve yours with a deposit of $1 per bird. If you are interested in buying some pullets, please send me an email:

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Today we hosted the first pasture walk of the summer sponsored by The Granite State Graziers. Steve gave a tour of the farm and explained our system of using our cows, pigs and chickens to nurture and maintain our pastures. If there had been a door prize, it would have gone to George Hamilton of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, who identified the weed that the cows happened to be chowing down today: White Cockle (Silene latifolia).

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Neighbourhood Watch!

These Helmeted Guinea Fowl are the latest addition to our diverse species farming operation. They are very hardy and are known for their “sounding the alarm” ability when something unusual occurs, or they detect the presence of a predator. We started off with 15 one day old chicks from a hatchery and a week later we were given a breeding pair with 12 older chicks. Once they have acclimatized and figured out where home is, they will be encouraged to roam the property, to feast on ticks and other insects and weed seeds. They are very sociable birds and will happily adopt the cattle as part of their flock.

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Wildlife

I arrived at the farm this morning to see something bigger than any cow I owned, standing near the corral. To my utter delight, it was this bull moose. He seemed a little bewildered by the pigs snorting and squealing, but did not seem to be bothered by anything else until the cows approached him. He finally made his way down to the river and hopped the fence.

It is a good sign to have an abundance and diversity of wildlife on the farm. This shows that the environment is a healthy one. All the species play a vital role in maintaining a balance and every creature seems to have a role to play, from the foxes who catch and eat rodents to the ground hog who digs tunnels and aerates the soil in the process.

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